Fuel Tanker Rear Ends Semi, Explodes In Massive Fireball

A terrifying accident between a fuel tanker and a semi has been caught on video.

The footage comes from the outskirts of Bologna, Italy and it shows a string of semis stuck in traffic. The fuel tanker is in the same lane as the other vehicles and, unfortunately, fails to stop.

As you can see in the video, the fuel tanker plows into the rear end of a semi seemingly at full speed. The force of the impact pushes the semi forward and its trailer appears to flip over. As this happens, a fuel tanks ignites and sets off an explosion.

The fire engulfs the two trucks as traffic comes to a standstill. The video then skips forward and shows the moment that the fuel tanker finally explodes. Thankfully, when this occurs, a number of other vehicles have had time to get away.

Unfortunately, not everyone was quite a lucky. Citing local police, CNBC is reporting that at least two people were killed and as many as 70 others were injured. The report also says the force of the second explosion was so powerful that it shattered windows in nearby buildings and this was responsible for a number of the injuries attributed to the crash.

What exactly was in the tanker remains unclear, but at least one report suggests the truck was carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Regardless of what the truck was hauling, the explosion and fire was so intense the raised roadway partially collapsed.

The accident was further amplified as the crash occurred above a car park or car dealership, according to disputing accounts from the BBC and Reuters. As flames rained down on the vehicles below, this triggered a series of additional explosions as they caught on fire.

  • Mr. EP9

    Jeez.

    • Christian

      So you don’t believe in Jesus ? I mean, why use “Jeez”

      • Eagle By Singer

        He just said Jeez….

        That’s all he said…

      • Jason Miller

        Not everyone believes in that stuff. And isn’t it disrespectful or something to say it anyway?

        • Christian

          How can you say something like that,, I guess you all also believe that the earth is round ?

          • Jason Miller

            *head desk*

        • Mr. EP9

          Don’t mind them, they’re just trolling.

      • blunt-o

        Go back to your hole.Now!

        • Christian

          I can’t … The US bombed all my hiding holes..

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Horrific.

    • João Coelho 🇵🇹

      Is it bad that I’ve read it in the voice of comic book guy?

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        Worst. comment. ever.

        • João Coelho 🇵🇹

          Hahah nice one!

  • TheBelltower

    Happens all the time when vehicles carry around tanks full of volatile liquid. Sometimes that kaboom is bigger than others.

  • Paul

    KA-BOOM !!!

  • PK

    Stay strong Italy! <3

  • eb110americana

    Watching the little white hatchback at the bottom in the second half of the video. I would not have been so patient. I would have probably just driven on the far right to get past the smoke. And I would probably be dead.

  • fabri99

    Here’s more info and images about what happened:
    https://www.ilpost.it/2018/08/07/incidente-bologna-a-14-esplosione/

  • sidewaysspin

    That’s what happens when you’re not paying attention.

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